If you are in the market for a new water heater in Saskatoon, you will need to choose one that will provide you with sufficient hot water while operating energy efficiently. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when selecting the right water heater for your home.
Types of Water Heaters
Three main types of water heaters are available for purchase in Saskatoon:
1. Conventional storage water heaters
Conventional storage water heaters are the most popular type of water heaters in Saskatoon. They offer a reservoir of hot water and work by releasing hot water from the top of the tank when you turn on the hot water tap. Cold water then enters the bottom of the tank to replace the water that you have used.
2. Tankless water heaters
Tankless water heaters heat water directly. When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water travels through a pipe into a heating unit where either an electric element or gas burner provides heat. As they supply hot water on demand, they do not produce the standby energy losses associated with conventional storage water heaters.
3. Heat pump water heaters
Heat pump water heaters pull heat from the environment and transfer it – at a higher temperature – into a tank of water. They can be up to three times more energy-efficient than conventional hot water tanks in Saskatoon.
Selecting a Water Heater
When selecting the best type of water heater for your home, consider the following:
Fuel type, availability, and cost
The fuel you use for water heating will not only affect your water heater’s operation costs but also its energy efficiency and size.
While an energy-efficient water heater may cost more than a standard water heater, the additional cost will be balanced out by the energy savings you make during the lifetime of the appliance.
A properly sized water heater will meet your hot water needs while operating at its maximum efficiency. Therefore, before buying a water heater, make sure it is the right size for your home.
It is a good idea to compare your shortlisted water heaters’ annual operating costs. You may also wish to think up strategies for reducing your hot water use. Some energy-saving systems and devices are more cost-effective when they are installed with your water heater.
From conventional storage tanks to heat pump water heaters, there are more choices than ever when it comes to choosing a water heater. Weighing up your options will help you to choose the water heater that is right for you.
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